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Old 04-19-2018, 08:53 PM
 
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Did anyone apply for this visa? What visa category is this? Can't find any documentation from Chinese embassy websites.

Ethnic Chinese and want to live in China? Find out if you qualify for new five-year visa | South China Morning Post

I wonder how far one can trace back. Are there still records in China for those who left during the end of the Qing dynasty or during the Republican era? I think most people didn't have passports before World War II, wonder what documents people used?
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Old 04-21-2018, 11:14 PM
 
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I think if you look like Chinese, can read and write Chinese, you can get that visa and stay in China for 5 year.
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Old 04-22-2018, 12:18 AM
 
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Did anyone apply for this visa? What visa category is this? Can't find any documentation from Chinese embassy websites.

Ethnic Chinese and want to live in China? Find out if you qualify for new five-year visa | South China Morning Post

I wonder how far one can trace back. Are there still records in China for those who left during the end of the Qing dynasty or during the Republican era? I think most people didn't have passports before World War II, wonder what documents people used?
I havenít known anyone to do it. But Iíd guess itís based on the Hukou somehow, Macau and Hong Kong havenít had a Hukou for over a hundred years though, but Iím sure their respective governments held some sort of household registry. Ethnic Chinese have existed in Vietnam and other SE Asians countries for well over a 1000 years. Perhaps it really is for any ethnic Chinese based on language fluency.
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Old 04-22-2018, 02:44 AM
 
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"According to China’s official definition, a foreigner of Chinese origin refers to a former Chinese citizen who has obtained foreign citizenship, or the offspring of present or former Chinese citizens. "

I do not think overseas Chinese qualify unless they or their parents were born in China.
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Old 04-22-2018, 08:24 AM
 
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I havent looked into this too much. I would be more interested if I hadn't gotten the 10 year multiple entry visa a few years ago. As such, I don't really need to revisit this for 6 or 7 more years...

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"According to Chinaís official definition, a foreigner of Chinese origin refers to a former Chinese citizen who has obtained foreign citizenship, or the offspring of present or former Chinese citizens. "

I do not think overseas Chinese qualify unless they or their parents were born in China.
They defined offspring as having no limit to the number of generations. So presumably you can qualify if anyone further up your genealogy is/was a Chinese citizen.
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Old 04-23-2018, 12:56 AM
 
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The advantage of this visa over previous types is not just its longer validity, it allows one to stay for years in China.

Of course there's no doubt for those who had an ID card or passport issued by the People's Republic of China can qualify as "of Chinese origin". Those who have at least one parent with either documents should be able to qualify easily as well. However, most articles regarding this specifically said there's no limit to the number of generations. The millions of overseas Chinese nowadays are mostly descendants of those who left from 1850 (Taiping Rebellion) till around 1950 (the end of the Chinese Civil War). No national IDs or passports those days. Not sure what they used, and with World War II and the Civil War plus the Cultural Revolution, records in China were probably destroyed and untraceable as well. That's why am just very curious what people can use to confirm Chinese origin aside from the very obvious for recent emigrants. It gets even more complicated if one traces their origin to Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau, and produce documents from any of these three places.
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:28 AM
 
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Gotcha. Yeah for me the visa works cause I have no intention to relocate to China at all. Certainly not in the foreseeable future.

Your question is a good one, I dont have any idea how they will verify...seems like they are putting the burden of proof on the applicant though.
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Old 04-26-2018, 05:50 PM
 
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They defined offspring as having no limit to the number of generations. So presumably you can qualify if anyone further up your genealogy is/was a Chinese citizen.
but the current chinese govt only gones back about 80 years... mao and his revolution wiped the past records of citizens of china

why bother doing this visa? americans can get a ten year visa to china...
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Old 04-27-2018, 01:18 PM
 
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but the current chinese govt only gones back about 80 years... mao and his revolution wiped the past records of citizens of china

why bother doing this visa? americans can get a ten year visa to china...
10 year visa is valid for 10 years, but each time you can only stay for 6 months, typically. You need to apply for extension or leave China to make a re-entry.
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Old 04-29-2018, 04:23 PM
 
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Hmmm, that is quite interesting.Those that are interested have got to keep in mind that they ought to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese and can at least have basic skills in reading and writing Chinese or else it will be very hard to earn a living or travel everywhere on the Mainland. Basic things like those can deter a great many ABCs (American Born Chinese) but it's good to know there is the option.
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